Miami Marlins starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi is 2-5 this season with a 3.72 ERA. He has quickly turned it around after being acquired by the Marlins from the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, and did not have any help from the offense while he was pitching. His shaky 2012 season was just another part of the Marlins’ poor season.
However, 2013 is a completely different story.
With his ERA down and his WHIP down to 1.29 in 12 starts this season, the only thing that Eovalid has been lacking this season is run support. Miami has not been able to win when the team puts up between three and five runs. Eovaldi has only had two starts where the team has done that this season.
When the Marlins overpower another team with six-plus runs, he is 2-1; but in tight games, when the Marlins score between zero and two runs, he is 0-3.
Eovaldi got a home run from Christian Yelich Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals, but that was the only run that the Marlins scored in his favor. He lasted six innings, striking out six and allowing two runs on six hits. It was a solid game, but that stagnant Marlins offense was not a big help.
I was not so sure about Eovaldi heading into the season, and I did not give him enough credit as he started to taper off a bit with injuries. But seeing how he performed this year, Eovaldi can definitely become a solid No. 3 if he gets the run support that is needed to win ball games.